Vancouver, BC- The Vancouver Whitecaps ran rampant in the second half, knocking off the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0. They move on to face the Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
Vancouver Whitecaps Rout San Jose Earthquakes for First Ever Postseason Win
The Vancouver Whitecaps had a few narratives going for them going into their knockout match versus the San Jose Earthquakes. One, they had never won a playoff match. Two, Fredy Montero had never scored a goal in the postseason. Both of those streaks ended tonight, Montero’s in the 33rd minute.
A corner kick whipped into the near post was flicked on to the back post and met by a diving Montero. There was not one Earthquake defender within the vicinity of Montero, nor was there anyone marking the back post. The set-piece defensive issues were a common theme tonight, and it was clear that the Whitecaps had made an effort to cash in on those opportunities.
The second goal for Vancouver came directly off a set piece, as little Christian Techara let a world class free kick fly from 30 yards out.
THAT. CURVE. 🌈
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) October 26, 2017
Tarbell stood no chance and the ball flew into the upper corner. After that, the floodgates opened. Kendall Waston got one off a corner kick that wasn’t cleared properly by the Earthquakes. And then Nicholas Mezquida bagged a brace off the bench.
The San Jose Earthquakes entered the playoffs with one of the worst goal differentials for a playoff team, and one of the worst road records in the league. Throw in the fact that the Earthquakes gave up the most goals off set-pieces in the league, and Vancouver had scored the most, it was a matchup certainly in Vancouver’s favor.
The San Jose Earthquakes met their goal for the season though, and should hold their heads high after fighting through many trials and tribulations this year to get to the postseason for the first time in five seasons.
The Vancouver Whitecaps had one of their best seasons in club history and will look to build on it as they take on the Seattle Sounders in their Western Conference Semi-Final. The first leg of that matchup kicks off Sunday, in Vancouver, at 8:30ET.